Today I bring my villain for the Batman Minifig Customisation Contest.
Harlon Black was born with a rare mutation that caused bony growths on his skull which protruded from his head like horns. He was once an innocent child, who remained kind and good-spirited despite the abuse from his peers. As the years went on, and insults like 'freak' and 'demon child' became more and more common, Black's hatred for these people grew. Eventually, one night when a bully confronted him in an alleyway, something inside him snapped and Harlon attacked the boy. His anger took over him and he eventually strangled the bully to death. From then on, Harlon changed. His personality grew darker and his lust for revenge increased. He began to keep a list of all who had teased and humiliated him, tracking them down one by one and killing them. With a different supervillain in the Gotham news every week, Black adopted his own alter ego: Diablo. He fashioned himself an outfit of black robes with an impressive cape, and had his face covered with black and red tattoos to enhance his fearsome appearance.
Today, Harlon Black is a metallurgist at a weapons-making factory near Gotham. He used the equipment there to secretly forge a three pointed axe-like weapon with which he gruesomly murders his bullies. More recently, he constructed a flamethrower gauntlet which he has added to his arsenal, to burn the remains of his victims.
A view of the fig from the side
A view of the fig from the back
And the fig complete with weapons and head mask.
He was inspired mainly by the several new promos I obtained from The Sun and Smyths: Batman, Ninjago, Darth Maul, etc.
The figure showcased on an 8x8 vignette:
Further pictures can be found in this folder, when it becomes public.
Cost: Estimated at £5.29, based on the lowest current Bricklink prices per part, including weapons and mask and excluding head (cost unknown).
Comments and criticisms welcome. Thanks for looking.